You know Pu-Erh collectors/connoisseur can get into crazy details of the wrapper’s paper material, letters, font size, or of the cake’s diameter, shape, curvature, thickness … this early 90’s Phonenix toucha is one cute example. People found the Phoenix design of the early 90’s batches have two different variations: one with Monolid, and the other with Double-eyelid! I guess one was a typical East Asian phoenix and the other actually flew from the West ^__^
“Profound World of CHI TSE 1950 ~ 2004” gave a most authentic discussion on the variations:
- Early 90’s Phoneix toucha had two batches and the Double-eyelid kind was considered the 1st batch and the Monlid the 2nd batch.
- Early 90’s Phoneix toucha all used thick yellowish glossy paper as the wrapper material. Later toucha used thinner paper material.
- Early 90’s Phoneix toucha had a better print quality on the wrapper than the later toucha.
The book also details the Uncooked Phoenix toucha as such (notice the Phoneix has monolid):
It lists the early 90’s Phoneix toucha in the family of “Popular Mid-Aged Pu-erh Toucha”. Again, it highlights the monolid toucha. From its position on the chart, you know the significance of the early 90’s Phoenix in the whole toucha family: